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October 2018 – Rena N. D’Souza

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Rena N. D’Souza, Ph.D., M.S., D.D.S., B.D.S. is the 2018-19 IADR President and served as AADR President from 2012-13. D’Souza is currently the Assistant Vice President for Academic Affairs and Education and Professor of Dental Sciences, Professor of Neurobiology & Anatomy and Professor of Pathology at the University of Utah, Salt Lake City. She also holds adjunct professorial appointments as Medical Faculty in the Department of Restorative Dentistry Endodontics and Periodontics at the University of Regensburg, Germany, in the Department of Bioengineering at Rice University, Houston, Texas, in the Department of Molecular Biology at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center, Dallas, and in the Department of Endodontics at the University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio.

September 2018 – Tanner Godfrey

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Tanner Godfrey is a D.M.D./Ph.D. student at the University of Alabama Birmingham School of Dentistry. His research interests include investigating the role of chromatin remodeling in osteoblast differentiation, bone formation and maintenance.

Godfrey is the recipient of numerous research awards including the inaugural IADR Three Minute Thesis (3MT®) competition in 2017 and the AADR Student Research Award. He was also a finalist in the AADR Hatton competition in 2017 and received first place in the 2018 competition, earning him a spot in the international Hatton competition. He has served in multiple roles within the AADR National Student Research Group (NSRG) — a student-run organization that fosters an environment in every dental school whereby students can enrich their dental education through research.

Godfrey was selected as the 2017-2018 Gert Quigley Fellow and in that capacity a new member of the AADR Government Affairs Committee. During the Fellowship program, Godfrey received first-hand insight into government affairs and science policy work. In addition to his involvement with AADR, Godfrey is also an active AADR donor.

August 2018 - John M. Powers

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John M. Powers, graduated from the University of Michigan with a B.S. in chemistry in 1967 and a Ph.D. in dental materials and mechanical engineering in 1972. He was Professor at the University of Michigan School of Dentistry, Ann Arbor, from 1972-1988. He was Professor at the University of Texas Dental Branch at Houston from 1988-2005, where he also served as department Chair and Associate Dean for Research. He founded the Houston Biomaterials Research Center and served as Director from 1994-2005. Since 2005, he has been Clinical Professor of Oral Biomaterials at the University of Texas School of Dentistry at Houston. He is also Adjunct Professor at the University of Michigan School of Dentistry, where he is a consultant to the Michigan Pittsburgh Wyss Regenerative Medicine Resource Center.

July 2018 – Marian Young

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Marian F. Young is Chief of the Molecular Biology of Bones and Teeth Section in the Craniofacial and Skeletal Diseases Branch of the NIDCR. She received her Ph.D. in developmental biology from the Department of Genetics and Cell Biology at the University of Connecticut. After a fellowship in the Lab of Developmental Biology and Anomalies at the NIDR Young headed a group in the Mineralized Tissue Research Branch where she began her investigations on the molecular biology and function of extracellular matrix (ECM) proteins in skeletal tissues. Her current research focuses on regulation and function of small proteoglycans in mineralized tissues and in their potential role in controlling pathological skeletal conditions such as osteoporosis, osteoarthritis and ectopic ossification.

June 2018 - Ana Karina Mascarenhas

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Ana Karina Mascarenhas, B.D.S., M.P.H., Dr.P.H. is the Associate Dean of research at Nova Southeastern University’s College of Dental Medicine.

Mascarenhas has a B.D.S. degree from Goa College and Hospital in India and also holds a M.P.H. and Dr.P.H. degrees from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, with an emphasis on oral epidemiology. She is a Diplomate of the American Board of Dental Public Health and Fellow in Dental Surgery of the College Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Glasgow. She has held positions at The Ohio State University, Columbus and Boston University’s Goldman School of Dental Medicine where she was the Graduate Program Director for Dental Public Health, and the project director for Boston University’s Robert Wood Johnson Community-Based Dental Education Program. She also held an appointment at Forsyth Institute, Boston, Massachusetts.

Mascarenhas serves on the editorial boards of journals, is a statistical consultant for Oral Surgery, Oral Medicine, Oral Pathology and Endodontics, she has chaired Health and Human Resource Administration Independent Review Panels and has served on review panels for NIH and the Agency for Health Care Research and Quality.

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